Know Your Medicine

Before taking any medicine, either prescription or over-the-counter, be sure to read and understand the label and directions. If you have any questions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They are there to help you.

Understanding Your Medicine Label

Important information can be found on your medicine bottle. You may also find special warning labels. Be sure to follow the directions carefully. If you have questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

  1. Name, address, and phone number of pharmacy
  2. Your name and address
  3. Prescription number 
(if you need to order refills)
  4. Name of the doctor who prescribed 
the medicine
  5. Instructions on how and when to 
take the medicine
  6. Name of the medicine
  7. Amount of medicine in each pill
  8. How many refills are available
  9. How many pills are in the bottle
  10. Date the prescription was filled
  11. Date the prescription was written 
by your doctor
  12. Warning labels and other important 
information you need to know

Important Tips for Taking Medicines

  • Have all your prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy
  • Always take your medicine exactly the way you are supposed to
  • Take your medicine on time
  • Make sure you understand your doctor’s instructions
  • Be sure you know what the medicine is for
  • Some medicines should still be taken, even if you feel fine
  • Never take medicine that was not prescribed for you
  • Know what to do if you forget a dose
  • Know what the side effects may be, and what you should do if you have any
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take, including nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements